A Brief Reflection On The Year So Far (AND A LIST OF THE 25 BEST ALBUMS OF 2010)

2010 is an amazing year for music.  Anyone looking at its best albums will tell you that, and halfway into it (about), I’d say that the only years of last decade that still look atop it are 2002 (You Forgot It In People, Up The Bracket), and 2007 (Sound Of Silver, Kala).  Looking at my favorite albums of 2009 (including xx, The Life Of The World To Come, Hospice, Bitte Orca, and It’s Blitz! in my A range), 2010 already completely slays it, with more top albums and the top albums being generally better.  Maybe it’s that I’m listening to a greater breadth of music (I am!), but that alone wouldn’t explain just how solid the output of 2010 has been.  It seems that almost every band that didn’t put out an album in 2009 (except for TV On The Radio, but we’re getting a great-looking side project from Dave Sitek) is releasing an album, and on top of that, several debut full lengths (Janelle Monáe, Dessa, Best Coast) have been superb.

My only issue so far is the lack of any A+ albums.  Nothing would break the top seven (the A+’s) on my decade list , and only the top one would break the top ten.  The top three or four would break top twenty, though, which is pretty impressive for only half of a year.

Without further ado, these are my twenty five favorite albums that I’ve heard that have been released in 2010.  All twenty five meet the grade of an A-, and the top ten meet the grade of A.

25. I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone – Crime In Stereo

24. The Wild Hunt – The Tallest Man On Earth

23. American Slang – The Gaslight Anthem

22. The Big To-Do – Drive-By Truckers

21. Trans-Continental Hustle – Gogol Bordello

20. Teen Dream – Beach House

19. Crazy For You – Best Coast

18. Twistable Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute To Shel Silverstein – Various Artists

17. Romance Is Boring – Los Campesinos!

16. The Brutalist Bricks – Ted Leo And The Pharmacists

15. There Is Love In You – Four Tet

14. Blue Sky Noise – Circa Survive

13. Plastic Beach – Gorillaz

12. Transference – Spoon

11. Odd Blood – Yeasayer

10. Light Chasers – Cloud Cult

9. Foxy Shazam – Foxy Shazam

8. Forgiveness Rock Record – Broken Social Scene

7. How I Got Over – The Roots

6. This Is Happening – LCD Soundsystem

5. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty – Big Boi

4. The ArchAndroid (Suites II And III) – Janelle Monáe

3. A Badly Broken Code – Dessa

2. The Monitor – Titus Andronicus

1. High Violet – The National

Addendum: Would you look at that, I decided that High Violet was an A+ after I wrote this.  Well how about that.

Published in: on July 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM  Leave a Comment  

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